8 Die in Limpopo Crash Between Truck and Bus, South Africans Devastated

8 Die in Limpopo Crash Between Truck and Bus, South Africans Devastated

  • A bus and a truck collided in Limpopo on 18 April 2024, resulting in the deaths of eight people
  • The bus driver lost control and crashed into the truck, had been transporting workers of a local company home
  • The Limpopo Transport Department's spokesperson Tidimalo Chuene spoke to Briefly News about the accident
  • South Africans are saddened, noting that there has been an increase in bus accidents in Limpopo recently

Tebogo Mokwena, a Briefly News journalist in Johannesburg, South Africa, covered accidents, outbreaks, nature and natural disaster-related incidents at Daily Sun and Vutivi Business News for seven years.

Eight people died in a Limpopo accident between a bus and a truck
A crash between a truck and a bus killed eight people. Images: @Limpopo_Traffic
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LIMPOPO – A bus crash in Limpopo left eight passengers dead. South Africans are expressing concern and believe that accidents in the province are increasing.

Limpopo accident claims eight lives

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The accident occurred on the R55 near Steelpoort outside Burgersfort, according to SABC News. The bus driver tried to overtake in an unsafe spot and collided with a truck. The truck was transporting employees working at a brick-making company.

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Limpopo's MEC for Transport and Community Safety, Florence Radzilani, called on motorists in the province to drive carefully and always observe the road rules.

Spokesperson outlines safety plans to Briefly News

The department's spokesperson Tidimalo Chuene spoke to Briefly News.

"It should be noted that the causes of the bus accident on the R518 in Waterberg and the bus and truck from yesterday on the R555 in Sekhukhune are still under investigation. The Department will continue to conduct speed operations and roadblocks focusing on reckless and negligent driving/moving violations, including those targeting vehicle fitness in public passenger transport and visible patrol of law enforcement officers at strategic locations," she said.

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Netizens worried about Limpopo

South Africans on Facebook are concerned about similar accidents in Limpopo. The accident occurred weeks after a bus carrying members of the Zion Christian Church from Botswana overturned in Limpopo, killing over 40 people.

Nkwane Ikhwezi Lucient says more needs to be done by the authorities:

"We need to expand the province's road infrastructure and practise safe driving."

James Maruswaneng thinks there's a specific issue in the area:

"What's happening in Limpopo?"

Sharon Struckmeyer wants to know:

"What's with all these bus accidents lately?"

El Patron asked:

"What's going on with these two provinces? KZN has a higher crime rate and political killings in Limpopo. People are dying in numbers because of crashes. That's not cool."

Busa Mafaeza said:

"Something needs to be done with Limpopo and KZN."

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South Africans mourned the horrific accident. Many sympathised with the family and loved ones.

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Tebogo Mokwena (Current Affairs editor) Tebogo Mokwena is a Current Affairs Editor at Briefly News. He has a Diploma in Journalism from ALISON. He joined Daily Sun, where he worked for 4 years covering politics, crime, entertainment, current affairs, policy, governance and art. He was also a sub-editor and journalist for Capricorn Post before joining Vutivi Business News in 2020, where he covered small business news policy and governance, analysis and profiles. He joined Briefly News in 2023. Tebogo passed a set of trainings by Google News Initiative Email: tebogo.mokwena@briefly.co.za